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District Book Read 2020

Seattle Colleges Book Read 2020: There There by Tommy Orange

Online Book Discussion

Thursday, May 28 at 2:00-3:00pm

Location: Zoom (email dave.ellenwood(at)seattlecolleges.edu for a link)

There There

Tommy Orange’s wondrous and shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize. Among them is Jacquie Red Feather, newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind. Dene Oxendene, pulling his life together after his uncle’s death and working at the powwow to honor his memory. Fourteen-year-old Orvil, coming to perform traditional dance for the very first time. Together, this chorus of voices tells of the plight of the urban Native American—grappling with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and spirituality, with communion and sacrifice and heroism. Hailed as an instant classic, There There is at once poignant and unflinching, utterly contemporary and truly unforgettable.

About Seattle Reads

Seattle Reads is an annual program by the Seattle Public Library where the entire city is encouraged to read the same book. It’s "designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion," according to the library website. 

Seattle Reads 2020 is postponed until October due to Covid-19. There There author Tommy Orange is now scheduled to visit Seattle October 17-18, 2020.

Tommy Orange

author Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel There There, a multi-generational, relentlessly paced story about a side of America few of us have ever seen: the lives of urban Native Americans. There There was one of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year, and won the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and the Pen/Hemingway Award. There There was also longlisted for the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Orange graduated from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and was a 2014 MacDowell Fellow and a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Oakland, California.

(description and image from Seattle Public Library)

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Finding a Copy of the Book

Unfortunately, Seattle Colleges does not own digital copies of this book, and the college's physical copies are unavailable due to Covid-19. You may still be able to access ebook and audiobook copies of the book through your public library system. If you don’t have a card yet, you can sign up for one for free online! 

Seattle Public Library:

If you do NOT already have a library card and you live in Seattle, you can get one for free online here

Check Seattle availability of There There ebook or audiobook here. 


King County Library System (KCLS):

If you do NOT already have a KCLS library card, and you live in King County but not in Seattle, Hunts Point, or Yarrow Point, you can get an ecard for free online here and begin using KCLS online resources.

If you live in Seattle and already have a KCLS card, you can use their online resources. 

Check King County availability of There There ebook or audiobook here. 


Tacoma Public Library:

If you do NOT already have a library card and you live in Tacoma, you can get one for free online here. 

Check Tacoma availability of There There ebook or audiobook here. 


Sno-Isle Libraries

If you do NOT already have a library card and you live in Snohomish or Island County, you can get one for free online here. 

Check Sno-Isle availability of There There ebook or audiobook here. 


For any questions about books, the book read discussion, or accessibility, please contact Dave Ellenwood via email at dave.ellenwood@seattlecolleges.edu